Sello Maake ka Ncube

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(sometimes credited as Sello Maake, or Sello Maake ka-Ncube, or Sello Maake kaNcube) (1960-) Prominent actor, director and dramatist for stage, TV and film. * Born in Orlando, Soweto, in, but mostly raised in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. It wasn’t until he was 15 – when he saw Gibson Kente’s How Long – that he realised that he wanted to be an actor. Started his career with performing his own work under the name Sello Maake. Later used the fuller name. In 1997 he workshopped his first full-length play Koze Kuse Bash. Wrote and directed Koma (1998) and Komeng (2002), * Stage roles as performer include leads in Cry Freemandela – The Movie (Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1987) *, Black and White Follies, The Suit (Themba/ Mutloatse, Simon and Co, 1993/4 - played both in London and New York), Julius Caesar (Windybrow , 1994), Titus Adronicus (19**), in South Africa and at London's National Theatre), Woza Albert! (19**), The Good Woman of Sharkville (directed by Janet Suzman, 1996), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (19**), Prophets in The Black Sky (19**), Smallholding (19**) , Raisin in the Sun (19**) and Call Us Crazy (2001). The Lion King in London’s West End (200*), and South Africa (2008), The Lion and the Jewel (State Theatre Pretoria, 2008), and Othello (opposite Antony Sher) for Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End of London [and South Africa??] (2008), Report to an Academy (directed by Karoly Pinter, Grahamstown Festival 2009), Race (Mamet, Grahamstown Festival, 2012). His TV work made him a nationally recognised face through his protrayal of Archie in Generations, (1993-1997, 1998-2002). His film work includes A Dry White Season (1989), The Rutanga Tapes (1990), Dark City (1990), Wheels and Deals (1991), The Good Fascist (1992), Bopha! (1993), Taxi to Soweto (1993), Djadje: Last Night I Fell Off a Horse (1993), Othello: A South African Tale (2005), . Also a member of the National Arts Council’s panel on the Performing Arts.


Tucker, 1997

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